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Rutledge Files Lawsuit Seeking Over $800,000 in Restitution Following Conway Eye Care Clinic Medicaid Fraud

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a civil lawsuit against Dr. Charles Todd, Jr., Karen Todd, and Conway Eye Care/Todd Eye Clinic seeking civil penalties following an investigation that they fraudulently billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for more than four years by falsifying documents to commit Medicaid fraud. The lawsuit requests the Defendants pay $815,085.59 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program in addition to civil penalties.

“Arkansas’s Medicaid Program is essential and helps the most vulnerable Arkansans and I will not tolerate anyone taking advantage of it,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “I will continue to hold those accountable who exploit taxpayer dollars and steal from our State’s healthcare programs.”

Between March 2013 and September 2019, the Todds routinely billed for optometric services. Over that time period, they fraudulently received over $800,000 from more than 700 claims filed with the program. In September 2019, Arkansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received a fraud complaint alleging that Karen Todd had committed Medicaid fraud. MFCU reviewed the billing data from Todd Eye Clinic and Conway Eye Care, and found Dr. Todd had the highest Medicaid crossover paid amounts in Arkansas compared to other optometrist providers between 2015-2019.

In October 2019, Karen Todd was interviewed by MFCU staff and admitted to entering false information in the Medicare/Medicaid claims portal. She was aware that she was entering fraudulent amounts and that Charles Todd, Todd Eye Clinic, and Conway Eye Care were being overpaid. Karen Todd was arrested on October 17, 2019, and charged with one count of Class A felony Medicaid Fraud, in accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 5-55-103.

Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or [email protected].

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. Elected on November 4, 2014, and sworn in on January 13, 2015, she is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected as Attorney General. She was resoundingly re-elected on November 6, 2018. Since taking office, she has significantly increased the number of arrests and convictions against online predators who exploit children and con artists who steal taxpayer money through Social Security Disability and Medicaid fraud. Further, she has held Rutledge Roundtable meetings and Mobile Office hours in every county of the State each year, and launched a Military and Veterans Initiative. She has led efforts to roll back government regulations that hurt job creators, fight the opioid epidemic, teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge serves as co-chairs of the National Association of Attorneys General Veterans Affairs Committee, re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture and was the former Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. As the former Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, she remains active on the Executive Board.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for former Governor Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have one daughter. The family has a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.

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